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Chinatown

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  • Day1

    Anreise nach Washington

    May 30, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Aufregender Tag! Gab viel durcheinander beim Fliegen. Sind mit 3 Stunden Verspätung endlich in Washington gelandet. Unsere Flugroute ging über Grönland da gab's echt was zusehen, war sehr schön! Anschließend haben wir unser Auto geholt und sind erst mal was essen gegangen. Verrückt, eine Kette neben der anderen, wer kann so viel essen?
    Da unser Gepäck verloren gegangen ist mussten wir nach der langen Reise noch in eine Mall fahren, durften aber für 200 Dollar shoppen gehen und die Airline muss es bezahlen!
    Um 23 Uhr endlich im Hotel angekommen und ab ins Bett, da waren wir dann 23 Stunden auf den Beinen.
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  • Day2

    Washington

    May 31, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Der Jetlag hat uns leider Erwischt. Um 5 Uhr waren wir wach und konnten nicht mehr weiter schlafen. Also haben wir uns fertig gemacht, wir mussten noch einen Parkplatz für unser Auto suchen da wir auf der Straße nur bis 7 Uhr Morgens stehen durften. Direkt neben dem Hotel ist einer für 30 Dollar die Nacht, ist Preislich okay und überwacht, aber haben trotzdem lieber in der hinteren Reihe geparkt.
    Anschließend haben wir uns ein Frühstück geteilt, Pancakes, Eier und Bacon. War definitief sehr lecker aber auch zu viel für eine Person.
    Da unsere Koffer immer noch nicht da waren mussten wir noch Sonnencreme und Haargummis kaufen.
    Unser Hotel ist direkt im China-Viertel. Manchmal komische Gerüche aber ansonsten sehr angenehm.
    Anschließend sind wir weiter zum Weißen Haus. Ich muss ehrlich sagen ich war etwas enttäuscht (ich habe sogar JP gefragt ob es das wirklich ist), es sieht in echt viel kleiner aus als im Fernsehen. Leider durfte man nicht direkt vor den Zaun weil abgesperrt war. Sehr viel Polizei mit großen Waffen! Unheimlich ist auch das egal wo man hingeht eigentlich über all Kameras hängen die einen Filmen.
    Wir sind weiter gelaufen aber es wurde immer heißer und heißer und man hat es schnell draußen nicht mehr ausgehalten. Haben uns dann in ein Restaurant gesetzt was gegessen und getrunken, sind dann aber doch zurück zum Hotel da wir noch viel vor uns hätten und das in der Hitze nicht auszuhalten war.
    Hat auch gepasst, da kurz darauf die Rezeption angerufen hat, unsere Koffer sind endlich da.
    Also ist JP runter um sie zu holen und was war? Tja nur mein Koffer ist da seiner ist leider immer noch weg. Bei der Airline haben wir leider auch niemanden erreicht und somit wissen wir jetzt auch nicht was los ist. Morgen sind wir auch schon in einem anderen Hotel. Es bleibt spannend allerdings hat uns das schon ziehmlich den restlichen Tag versaut.
    Meine Haarbürste ist in dem anderen Koffer, werden dann wohl wieder Einkaufen müssen noch ein Tag ohne Haarbürste geht nicht.
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  • Day11

    Washington DC

    January 5 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    $ Wszechobecne kontrole. Przed wejsciem do każdego muzeum trzepią nas jak lotnisku - kontrola osobista plus skanowanie "bagażu". No dobra. Po kilkugodzinnym zwiedzaniu muzeum holokaustu idziemy do pobliskiej kawiarni doladowac sie kawą. I znowu kontrola! Nie wytrzymuje i wyrywa mi sie: "serio? zeby napic sie kawy?" I pan policjant (trzech ich bylo na dodatek!) stanowczo odparl, ze to dla naszego bezpieczenstwa...

    $ Wiktor. W hostelowym lobby dosiadl się do nas jakis dziwny koleś. To początek pobytu, więc czułam, że będziemy musieli go unikać przez kolejne wieczory, bo to byl właśnie TEN typ. Natrętna przyssawka. Wiktor. Doktorant historii z UJ'otu. "O jezu.. najgorzej" pomyślałam. Strasznie sie rozgadal. Miał iść wlasnie na miasto cos zjesc, uff. Nie idzie, wciąż rozmawiamy. Wyciągnęłam migdały, bo sama zdążyłam zglodniec, ale wahalam sie jeszcze czy poczestowac nasza przyssawke, by nie została dłużej. Wtedy zrozumiałam jednak, że zglodnialam bo sie mega zagadalismy! Wyjedlismy w trójkę już nie tylko paczkę migdalow, ale i wszystkie snacki, które znalazłam w torebce. Wiktor z "dziwnego kolesia" szybko awansowal na "chodźmy do lobby, może jest Wiktor". I od tej pory spędzaliśmy każde śniadanie i wieczory z naszym nowym kolegą, zbyt głośno śmiejąc z jego niezliczonych opowiastek.

    Postanowienie: Ładnie mówić, zredukować przekleństwa i kolokwializmy.

    $ Chrzest podróżnika. Nasz HI Hostel reklamuje się hasłem: "Badz podroznikiem, nie turysta." Po pierwszej nocy w pełnym 10cio osobowym pokoju, bez otwieranych okien zrozumialam, że do tej pory byliśmy turystami.

    $ Ranek byl ladny, gdzies wyjrzalo nawet słońce. Na cmentarzu Arlington ochroniarze kazali nam sie streszczac, zamykaja wyjatkowo o 12, bo nadciąga zalamanie pogody. Siedzielismy jak prawdziwe cebule do ostatniej minuty.Bylo ok 5-6 st., bez opadow, apka mowi ze temp.spadnie do 2st i bedzie snieg z deszczem, wiec nic nie zapowiadalo tej nadchodzącej katastrofy. A i tak powiało grozą... suchy asfalt posypany grubą warstwą soli, spycharki gotowe do działania. Oni na pewno wiedzą wiecej. Jedziemy szybko do miasta, zeby zdążyć przed tym kataklizmem. Centrum tez w pełnej gotowosci. Zaczyna pruszyc, gdy chowamy sie w muzeum. Wiktora wyklad zostal odwolany, uczelnia zamknieta z powodu zapowiadanych warunków atmosferycznych. Podkresle: zapowiadanych. O zgrozo.
    I cóż. Nadeszlo zapowiadane 2st i śnieg z deszczem. Tutaj zima nie zaskakuje kierowcow..

    $ kierowca autobusu: "Where are you from?"
    My jednogłośnie: "Poland!'
    Kierowca rozpromienial: "oh Poland! Nice! Budapest??"
    ...
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  • Day23

    Washington DC

    May 12, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    We woke to a solid breakfast courtesy of our hostel, which has a ritual that guests greet staff with a 'good morning' in a language other than English. Alex eager to finally put his D in GCSE German to good use, fired off 'Guten Tag', only to realise that it is in fact 'Guten Morgan'. Fail.

    The next day was better, eager to redeem himself, Alex got in early with 'Buenos Dias'. He was so convincing the staff member tried to communicate further with us in Spanish thinking Alex was in fact Spanish. Ole!

    It was another hot and humid day out on the streets of Washington. We knew we'd arrived at the White House even before seeing the building because of the watchful security and tourist crowds. Snipers on the roof, K-9 dog teams, guns, body armour and of course - sunglasses surrounding the white shining walls of the the President's residence.

    We strolled around the great lawn of the Eclipse as sunglass-toting men with 'secret service' stitched on their body armour rode past on bicycles. Before us towered the obelisk of the Washington Monument with clouds brewing around its pinnacle. You can go to the top of the monument but the tickets for the day had gone by the time we arrived. Many historical attractions and museums in Washington are free to the public which is great but unfortunately we are not staying in Washington long enough to fully appreciate this.

    We walked down the Mall as a slight breeze lapped the water of the reflecting pool with the Lincoln Memorial growing in size as we approached. Inside the raised stone temple sits a marble statue of the man enshrined by engravings of his Gettesburg Address and his Second Inaugural Speech.

    These engraved speeches give reference to 'one nation under God', a need for 'freedom' and that 'it may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces'.

    However the sense of optimism raised from this fanfare of success is muted when you realise that nearly 100 years later, in 1963, Martin Luther King stood on the very steps of the memorial to deliver his 'I Have A Dream' speech due to the significant short comings in this ideology.

    We walked the short distance to the memorial that now stands to Martin Luther King. His likeness carved out of milky stone, arms crossed, looking out across the waters of the tidal basin. Quotes of Dr King's own speeches are carved in a dark stone wall behind his figure, one reading -

    'The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy' (25th February 1967, Los Angeles)

    We later joined a free tour of the city's African American history from our hostel. It took us to the home of Duke Ellington and other buildings of significance in the area around U street, which until the boom of Harlem in the 1920s was the largest African American community in the U.S. We finished the tour at the landmark Ben's Chilli Bowl where previous patrons include Bill Cosby and Barrack Obama. Sitting in the diner, with its walls displaying memorabilia and a jukebox playing Smokey Robinson and Michael Jackson, we tucked into the signature dish of chilli half-smoke (hot dog in a bun with mustard and chilli served over the top and a side of crinkle crisps).
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  • Day1350

    USA Tour - Washington (Thanksgiving)

    November 22, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 -2 °C

    Literally just got set up in my hostel in Washington after an 11 hour coach journey from Boston. My legs are in agony, I’m also pretty certain I have DVT!

    Anyway, left Boston this morning at 9:30am and on my walk to the station the entire place was like a ghost town. Didn’t see a single person. I was quick to get away from my room as I met the other person staying in my dorm for the first time and she was an ‘energy healer and cleanser’ she visits sacred locations around the USA and helps brings ‘positive energy’ to those locations.... I couldn’t leave quick enough.

    The journey here wasn’t pretty uneventful, I watched a series on Netflix called ‘conspiracy’ which kept me entertained the entire way. Did manage a glimpse of Philadelphia and NYC on my journey though.

    Got off at Washington union station and the idea was to walk to the hostel as it was only a 25 minute walk or so but... Jesus some weirdos around there. From the time leaving the coach to getting outside I was approached by 6 randomers just talking gibberish. Was a bit strange, not so much scary but definitely strange. Also when I got outside the place was dead - everyone is at home for thanksgiving, so I thought it would be best just to get an Uber to the hostel. First time I’ve gone for a room as big as 10 so we’ll see how that gets on.

    I guess I’ll just chill in the hostel tonight as everywhere is closed for the night - but tomorrow I am off exploring.... an already explored city!
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  • Day2

    22 Kilometer durch die Hauptstadt V

    November 25, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Und zum Schluss haben wir uns in Chinatown noch etwas Leckeres zu trinken und zu essen gegönnt. Jetzt sind wir geschafft. Erstmal ausruhen, damit wir morgen wieder durchstarten können.

  • Day3

    Chinatown

    June 19, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

    We finally made it to Chinatown, after many rounds of "how much longer do we have to walk" "are you sure you know where we are going?" "I'm not walking 10 more blocks!" I finally gave up the map to Tory who took us to the exact place I was going to in the first place. Granted, it was raining and we had walked a lot already so everyone was tired and hungry. I don't think Chinatown was.exactly what the girls expected. They admitted later, while they had never been to China, that is actually what they thought it would look like, a street right out of China. Despite that dissapointment we had a wonderful family style dinner. Everyone got to try new things and we took a lot of food home. A great end to our first day in DC.Read more

  • Day3

    Ford's Theatre & Peterson House

    June 19, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 24 °C

    Ford's Theatre was where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 14th, 1865. Beautiful theatre. Not sure how the other girls felt, but I can say that Natalie was a bit disappointed to find out that the actual theatre was shut down after Lincoln's death and was used for many years as an office building and then for a warehouse and after partially collapsing, was finally rebuilt as a replica of the original theatre in 1968. Nothing in the theatre is original other than the bricks in the front of the building. Still a good history lesson.Read more

  • Day8

    Embassy Hilton Suites

    June 15, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Vi ankom fra New York og fandt vores hotel.
    Det var super lækkert. To rum, to fjernsyn, ti senge og en sovesofa. Vi sov på værelse 822 og der var en lang pool og en hot spa op 2. etage.
    Hver aften mellem 16:30 og 19:30 var der fri bar og snacks.
    Vi syntes det var superlækkert.
    Drengene prøvede poolen med det samme.
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  • Day3

    Ford theater

    June 19, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    Lincoln. We rushed of to the Ford theater when Lincoln was shot. In the rain.
    Part of the exhibit had a montage of former Presidents reading the Gettysburg address.
    We also went across the street to the house where he died.Read more

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